Thursday, August 28, 2008
One Year Review -Tour Master Transition Motorcycle Jacket
I've evolved in some ways over the years and have slowly but surely replaced my riding gear from no helmet, to 3/4 helmet, to full face helmet. From shorts to jeans, from tennis shoes to boots, from tank top to leather jacket to the textile "Tourmaster Transition" motorcycle jacket I'm going to discuss today.
Have I become paranoid or just plain ol'wiser? I would vote for the latter rather than the former.
It's been a little more than a year ago since I bought my motorcycle jacket. So it has endured nearly daily riding through all four Pacific Northwest seasons from stifling 100 degree heat, to below freezing and all points in-between. Rain, snow and hail put my new jacket to the test.
I'm happy to report that one test wasn't carried out however and that would be the crash test.
In warm weather, I removed the zip-out liner and opened all the vents. The air circulation was better than my leather jacket but I still found it pretty toasty at temperatures above 80. But then wouldn't any jacket be the same?
With cold weather, I added the liner and it kept my torso warm enough down to about 40 degrees. Adding another layer of clothing like a sweatshirt kept me comfortable enough down to about 29 degrees on short rides. If I had cold weather long distance riding in mind however, I might look for a warmer jacket or add more layers of clothing.
Rain was not a problem for the jacket. It retained water-tightness and everything in my pockets stayed dry.
The zippers still work flawlessly.
So, I've found the Transition jacket to be high quality for the $150.00 price tag and expect it to last many more years to come.
Do you have a particularly good riding jacket? Or one that is so bad that you wouldn't even recommend it to Bin Laden?
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